Forest Walks and more

Forest Walks and more

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Join us and discover more of Epping Forest

A varied programme of walks throughout the Forest is organised by Epping Forest Heritage Trust. Led by knowledgeable Forest enthusiasts, these walks provide an opportunity to find out more about the Forest. Some are a gentle stroll, while others are taken at a faster pace. The walks are free, but donations to support the work of the Trust are welcome.

Please come suitably dressed for walking in the Forest, which can be wet and muddy. For help in getting to the meeting points, please contact 020 8508 9061 (during office hours) or email .

Walks free, donations welcome.

The Annual Epping Forest Celebration Walk

Sunday 15 September 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Discover more about Epping Forest by walking the entire length in the day or take part in one of the local sections of the long walk from south to north. Celebrate how lucky we are to have Epping Forest! Download the special leaflet here.

Organised by the Epping Forest Heritage Trust, the West Essex Ramblers and the Conservators of Epping Forest. For more details, contact 020 8508 9061 or visit

Walking north from Chingford

Sunday 6 October 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

An interesting brisk 5 to 6 mile walk by little used paths with Mike Smith, taking in some dense forest, open ferns and a great beech clearing arriving near Robin Hood. We return via Debden Slade, Strawberry Hill ponds and Connaught Water.
Meet: Chingford Plain Car Park, Bury Road, Chingford E4 7AZ. Grid Ref: TQ394949

Autumn in Gernon Bushes

Sunday 20 October 10:30 am – 12:30pm

An opportunity to discover the autumn harvest of fruits, seeds and fungi in this Nature Reserve with guides Tricia Moxey and Reserve Warden Brian McGhie.

Meet at the entrance to the Reserve in Garnon Mead, Coopersale, CM16 7RN. Turn off B181 Epping to North Weald Rd into Coopersale Common Lane and then left into Garnon Mead beyond railway bridge. Grid Ref: TL477031

Wanstead Park Christmas Walk

Sunday 8 December 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Come and enjoy this part of the Forest for a pre Christmas celebratory walk led by naturalist Judy Adams. Suitable for families. Mince pies and mulled wine available at the end.

Meet at the entrance to the Park on Warren Road, Wanstead (E11 2LS). Grid Ref: TQ414876

A visit to the Deer Sanctuary

Sunday 10 November 10:30 am – 12:30 pm.

Learn about its history and management and meet the residents, with Mick Collins.
Meet: Genesis Slade Car Park, off Coppice Row (B172), Theydon Bois. Grid ref: TQ 438997

Upcoming programme

We’re working on detailed pages, with maps, etc, so check back soon.

Meanwhile, visit us at the Epping Forest Visitor Centre at High Beach, Paul’s Nursery Road, High Beach, Loughton, IG10 4AF, Grid-Ref: TQ412981

About our walks

We have organised walks in the Forest for nearly 50 years. Our Celebration walk  began in 1978. Download one of the earlier publications about the walk, by clicking here.